According to a study by the South East Asian Academy of Sleep Medicine (SEAASM) and Getwell Hospital in Nagpur, on average, an Indian sleeps for 6.55 hours per day. Do you have trouble falling asleep? Some of the most common reasons for insomnia are stress, jet lag, medications you take, too much caffeine, and so on.
Some people don’t realize that even the mattress you use can affect your sleep. This is why we will be discussing memory foam mattress since it provides extreme comfort.
Why Is Good Sleep Important?
Before we jump into the topic, you need to understand why a good amount of sleep is essential. As mentioned above, one reason for sleep deprivation is the mattress you use.
Insomnia increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and reduction in concentration level and attention span. You tend to be tired throughout the day, might be prone to mood changes, and can get irritated quickly.
Hence, it is high time you switch your mattress for a soft, comfortable, and supportive mattress like a memory foam mattress.
What Is Memory Foam?
Memory foam is also known as temper or viscoelastic polyfoam and is a type of polyurethane foam. The difference between memory foam and polyurethane foam is in its viscoelastic properties; i.e., it is both sticky and thick (due to the visco property) and is elastic.
The thick and ultra-supportive material also has extra components to help distribute weight evenly so that it conforms and cradles your body in every position that you sleep. It gives a supporting sleeping experience while relieving pressure. However, some people find it disturbing when the mattress hugs tight to your body because it becomes too hot to sleep.
- The material provides strong and supportive layers even though it is incredibly soft.
- It provides outstanding support due to the temper materials infused into the polyurethane foam.
- Since the material adjusts to your sleeping position, it prevents pressure from building up. This reduces pain to a great extent.
- It is an excellent choice if you are allergic or have asthma problems. This is due to the density of the foam bed, which prevents the growth of mold and dust mites.
- The materials used prevents motion transfers and noise formation.
- It is the best choice if you share your bed with a person who shifts a lot in their sleep.
- Since the mattress conforms to your body, there’s a sinking tendency that leads to a feeling where you are stuck in the bed.
- Not ideal for a person who radiates a lot of body heat since you will wake up sweating.
- Most people experience the problem of “off-gassing,” which is the smell caused by the breaking down of volatile organic compounds. However, this smell dissipates within a week.
Types Of Memory Foam Mattress
The base idea or structure of all the different types of foam mattresses is the same, but the difference comes in the additional materials used. New types of memory mattresses were introduced since a few people found them comfortable but too hot to sleep on. Let us look at three of these mattresses in detail.
1. Traditional Memory Foam
This was the initial memory foam mattress which was designed to cradle and provide support for your body, whatever the position may be. It prevents pressure build-up, decreases stress on joints, and relieves pain. However, this mattress absorbs heat, so it is not ideal for a person with a higher body temperature.
2. Gel Memory Foam
Certain companies used gel-infused material or gel beads and other conductors like copper and graphite to pull the heat and keep the person cool. This also reduces the pressure and increases airflow, thus providing a sound sleep for people whose body heats up quickly.
3. Open Cell Mattress
Another way to provide extra cooling is by using an open cell memory material. This material has an open structure, unlike the closed cells found in the traditional memory foam. An open-cell mattress lets air flow smoothly, thus keeping the bed and the person cool.
4. Plant-Based Mattress
In such mattresses, petroleum is replaced with plant-based oils like castor oil. The mattress has a breathable and responsive structure, making it easier and more comfortable for the sleeper while changing positions. It prevents sinkage, and the off-gassing odor is reduced.
How To Choose The Right Memory Foam Mattress?
Given below are the various feature that you should consider before buying the best memory foam mattress for sleeping.
If you have a limited budget, then opt from bed-in-a-box brands. As the name suggests, the bed comes compressed, rolled up, and delivered in a cardboard box. They use high-quality materials and are highly affordable because extra fees need not be paid for storage or commission. Another plus point is that it offers extended sleep trails and a warranty.
2. Longevity And Quality (Density And Indentation Load Deflection)
A mattress is supposed to last at least eight to ten years, and everyone expects this. To know if the mattress is long-lasting, you can check the material quality and whether they provide a lifetime warranty. No company will offer a lifetime warranty if they are not that confident with their product.
To know the quality of the material, check the density and the ILD rating. A low ILD rating is a sign of a low-quality bed, something you should strictly avoid. Buy a mattress with at least a 10 ILD rating and thickness between 6 to 14 inches. A mattress with 6 to 14 inches is ideal for kids, while one with 10-12 inches for adults.
Also, materials like pocket coils, latex, organic wool, and cotton are premium quality materials. So, if you are not too low on money, I would suggest buying a mattress made using these materials. Do check the bonding between the layers – adhesive bonding vs. tufting. The latter one is the better option among the two, but the former one is less expensive.
3. Sleeping Positions
The best part about a memory foam mattress is filling up the gap between your body and the mattress when you change sleeping positions. If you are a side sleeper, then opt for either a soft or a medium foam mattress as it is the best to relieve the pressure build-up in the shoulders and the hip.
Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended since the pressure is on the spine, and this can cause severe back pain. But if you do sleep on your stomach, then the ideal mattress for you is a medium-firm or even a firm memory foam mattress. This is a perfect mattress because it prevents your body from sinking, thus avoiding future pain.
The mattress needs to provide a neutral spine alignment while enhancing lumbar support if you sleep on your back. So the ideal mattress for you is a medium-firm memory foam mattress. If you sleep in a combination of these three, then the soft mattress in India is a medium to the medium-firm mattress.
The mattress that you use may or may not have the tendency to trap dust mites, mold, mildew, pet dander, and so on. However, you need not worry too much when you use a memory foam mattress.
As mentioned before, a memory foam mattress is an excellent choice if you are allergic or have asthma problems as it prevents mold growth and keeps the dust mites at bay. Gel memory foam mattress is more effective in this than the traditional foam mattress.
If you want to be extra safe, you can pair the memory foam mattress with a hypoallergenic mattress topper and hypoallergenic bedding.
Did you know that your body weight also is a determining factor for the type of memory foam mattress you should buy?? It is essential because purchasing the wrong kind of mattress can create pressure points and increase pain.
If you weigh less than 130 pounds, opt for a soft foam mattress, but you need a firm foam mattress if you weigh more than 230 pounds. If you weigh between 130 pounds and 230 pounds, then opt for a medium memory foam mattress
6. Adjustment Period (Trial Period) And Warranty
Why are trials periods and warranties provided?? Yes – for customer satisfaction and reassurance! Most brands offer sleep trails for at least 30 to 120 days so that you get the opportunity to check if the mattress is suitable for your body or not.
If you do not find it suitable, then these companies will issue a full refund. If a company does not offer a trial period, check for the return policy, which usually lasts only for 30 days.
The lifespan of a mattress is around eight to ten years, and most companies offer a standard warranty of 10 years. Certain companies provide a warranty of up to 20-25 years as well. So, please check the trial period, refund policy, return policy, and warranty period while buying a mattress.
A memory foam mattress has both pros and cons. With innovations like gel-induced, open-cell, and plant-based mattresses, the problem of heat absorption is eliminated. Overall, it is an ideal type of mattress for any person experiencing pressure pain and wants some relief.
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